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Watch Charles Barkley lose a game of Jenga

And of course you knew how this was going to end… @NBAonTNT #LiveTweet #2aJengaTournament pic.twitter.com/mjDyZz3lvs — Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 25, 2015 What else is there to do in Cleveland at 2 AM than play an exciting game of Jenga! (If you’re not within a 2 mile radius of Johnny Manziel, that is.)  TNT reporter Rachel Nichols posted this adorable video...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA investigating moving up the Finals in lieu of sweeps?

Both of the NBA Conference Finals sit at three-nil in series that are surprisingly whitewashes thus far.  In the east, the Cavaliers took the first two games in Atlanta by an average of 10 points per game before winning Game 3 in overtime at home thanks to an epic triple double from LeBron James.  In the west, it’s played out in the opposite fashion – the Warriors won two...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Larry King has some amazing, random hot sports takes

In his retirement, former CNN host Larry King is still keeping very active on Twitter.  Of course, Larry King’s Twitter account is different than 99.9% of the social media world. Back in March, the Washington Post reported that King tweets by leaving voicemails to an associate who then transcribes them to put on the platform.  Hopefully King’s assistant was getting paid overtime...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Houston Texans are reportedly “favorites” for Hard Knocks

Now that we’re finally beyond the NFL Draft, we can begin looking forward to training camp and actual exhibition games being played.  I know, I know, looking forward to preseason football is a little bit of a misnomer, but that’s how football-crazy we are. HBO’s Hard Knocks is an annual highlight that chronicles this journey and we may be a step closer to knowing who will...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Following his UFC light heavyweight championship win over Anthony Johnson on Saturday night, Daniel Cormier (also the cohost of UFC Tonight on Fox) got into it in his post-fight press conference with Ryan Bader. “There’s somebody else that needs his ass kicked, too” “I want the easiest fight in the division, Ryan Bader” That’s fantastic stuff. I’d rather be talking...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Netflix won’t bid on live sports

Television networks have been fearful of Netflix for a long time. With plenty of movies, TV series, documentaries and foreign content, Netflix has revolutionized binge watching. The streaming service provides content to members whenever they want and however they want. But the one thing that has been missing has been live sports. Netflix has said in the past it has had no desire...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

MASN isn’t happy with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

The dispute over Washington Nationals rights fees between the Nationals, MLB, MASN, and the Baltimore Orioles remains contentious. Earlier this week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made some comments that favored the Nationals after a ruling by a MLB panel in favor of the team receiving higher rights fees. Manfred defended the panel and the fees, saying that “sooner or later, MASN...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for May 24, 2015

All Times Eastern College BaseballAmerican Athletic Conference Championship, Bright House Field, Clearwater, FL Houston vs. East Carolina — ESPNU, noon ACC Championship, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC North Carolina State vs. Florida State — ESPN2, 1 p.m. Big East Conference Tournament, TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE St. John’s vs. Creighton — Fox Sports 2, 2 p.m...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

By AA Locker Engagements at sporting events are usually pretty awful. Well, unless Vin Scully is calling the game you get engaged at, of course, which is exactly what happened for one lucky couple on Friday night. I love when Vin’s stories go nowhere. It’s so endearing, and he doesn’t try to force a punchline or moral into the story if there’s not one there. But if...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Van Gundy reportedly a candidate for Pelicans coaching job

ESPN has had relatively good luck with their top analysts staying in place and resisting the temptation to return to the coaching profession.  But that may not be the case much longer.  Lead NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy is reportedly a candidate for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans job. Van Gundy has been with ESPN since being fired by the Houston Rockets after the 2006-2007 season...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

By Matt Yoder I realize it's reallllly saying something to call one suit the most colorful ever worn by hockey analyst Don Cherry, but just look at this thing! It’s like a test color pattern on steroids! Technical difficulties. Please stand by. pic.twitter.com/MWkVNyiT7Z — Josh Gold-Smith (@GoldAndOrSmith) May 23, 2015 In case you have not yet been blinded, you can check...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN covering National Spelling Bee Finals with new interactive features

The Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals have become something of a spring institution in sports and pop culture, settling in to that soft spot of the schedule as the NBA and NHL playoffs are reaching their climax, the division races in MLB are beginning to take shape and nearly all TV shows have gone on summer hiatus. As movies such as Spellbound, Akeelah and the Bee and Bad Words...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Darren Rovell apologizes on SportsCenter for calling Bobby Freedman a loan shark

Last week, Darren Rovell wrote an article on ESPN.com about the crowd at the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. In the article, Rovell described a man named Bobby Freedman as a loan shark. I couldn’t find a cached version of the article, but I *did* manage to a syndicated version of the article with the “loan shark” description intact. Well, that didn’t sit well with someone. ESPN...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for May 23, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Portland Thunder at Orlando Predators — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Essendon Bombers vs. Brisbane Lions — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. BoxingPBC on NBC, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MASuper Middleweight Title Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale — NBC, 4:30 p.m. College BaseballACC Tournament, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NCDay...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Western Conference Finals up on ESPN

Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Rockets drew a 5.6 overnight for ESPN, up 47% from Game 2 of ESPN’s last Western Conference Finals, Spurs-Grizzlies in 2013. It was also up 27% from TNT’s broadcast of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Spurs and Thunder last season. The game pulled in a 15.9 rating in both the San Francisco and...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

NBC is looking at a nightmare Stanley Cup Final ratings matchup

Heading into the Stanley Cup Conference Finals, the suits at NBC were surely crossing their fingers and doing whatever superstitious ritual they could think of to get a dream Stanley Cup Final in the ratings department: Rangers vs Blackhawks. Chicago.  New York.  Two members of the original six.  Two of the biggest markets in the country.  Two teams with national namebrand recognition...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: May 11-17

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBA on TNT Monday, May 11, 2015 Eastern Conference Second Round Game 4: Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards (7:00-9:41 p.m.) 2.1 household rating, 3.147 million viewers -43% from 5.540 million of Miami at Brooklyn Game 4 on 05/12/14 Western Conference...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: May 11-17

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Game 7: Washington at N.Y. Rangers Wed 7:31PM-10:57PM 206 1.6 2709 2 NHL LIVE POST SEMI FINALS Wed 10:57PM-11:30PM 33 0.6 973 3...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: May 11-17

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS: Cleveland at Chicago (Game 6) Thu 8:04PM-10:34PM 150 4.2 6592 2 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS: Houston at L.A. Clippers (Game...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon will join the NASCAR on Fox broadcast booth for 2016

Since winning NASCAR rights for the first time in 2001, the trio of Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds has been in the broadcast booth for Fox Sports.  The three have seen NASCAR ride the roller coaster of national popularity and called some of the most tragic and most memorable moments in the history of the sport. For the 2016 season, Fox will make their first change...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Joel McHale will host this year’s ESPYs

It takes a lot for me to get excited for the ESPYs, ESPN’s annual manufactured awards show that takes place on the night after the All-Star Game.  The ESPYs has had some great, heartwarming moments, don’t get me wrong, but the manufactured nature of “Hollywood, California meets Bristol, Connecticut” has always been a bit too much.  The announcement for the identity of...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates promotion features sexual donuts!

This is just about the best giveaway I can ever remember seeing from a sports team.  On their Instagram page, the Pittsburgh Pirates were advertising a local Dunkin Donuts offering free Pirates tickets and… AND!!!… a “sexual Pirates donut.” Yes, sexual Pirates donuts. The post was taken down, but here’s a screenshot. I’m trying to figure this out. Is this a Siri fail...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

(VIDEO) Charissa Thompson does the splits for Dan Patrick

I don’t know how we missed this yesterday, but FS1’s Charissa Thompson stopped by the Dan Patrick Show in Los Angeles.  Thompson is one of the most talented people in sports media, successfully crossing over from sports to entertainment also working for Extra.  She showed off another talent by doing the splits on live television (much to the obvious enjoyment of Fritzy). DP...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Real Sports embracing social media in new ways with Ronda Rousey interview

Here’s an interesting sports media nugget from HBO.  We’ve seen an evolution at Real Sports this year with the program shifting away from Bryant Gumbel’s closing monologue to a variety of comedians with ties to the networks opining on topics in and around sports.  The shift is a nod from Real Sports to reach younger demographics and expand the audience base for the show,...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for May 22, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football St. Kilda Saints vs. West Coast Eagles — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Adelaide Crows — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight AFL Highlights — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. BoxingFriday Night Fights, Omega Products Center, Corona, CABoxcino 2015 Heavyweight and Junior Middleweight Finals (series finale) — ESPN2, 10...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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